Journal of Computer Security

Impact Factor


31, 6 issues

Latest issue

32:2 online 09 April 2024

Next issue

32:3 scheduled for June 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1992

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Aims & Scope

The Journal of Computer Security presents research and development results of lasting significance in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, and application of secure computer systems. It also provides a forum for ideas about the meaning and implications of security and privacy, particularly those with important consequences for the technical community.

The journal provides an opportunity to publish articles of greater depth and length than is possible in the proceedings of various existing conferences, while addressing an audience of researchers in computer security who can be assumed to have a more specialized background than the readership of other archival publications. The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of computer security: confidentiality, integrity, and assurance of service - that is, protection against unauthorized disclosure or modification of sensitive information, or denial of service. Of interest is a precise understanding of security policies through modelling, as well as the design and analysis of mechanisms for enforcing them, and the architectural principles of software and hardware systems implementing them.

Editorial Board


Dr. Stéphanie Delaune
Univ Rennes, CNRS, IRISA
Campus universitaire de Beaulieu
263 Avenue du Général Leclerc
35042 Rennes Cedex - France

Dr. Peng Liu
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University

330 Westgate, University Park
PA 16802, USA

Founding Editors

Prof. Sushil Jajodia
Center for Secure Information Systems
George Mason University


Dr. Jonathan Millen
MITRE Cooperation

Associate Editors

Musard Balliu
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

Ioana Boureanu
Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, University of Surrey

Kevin Butler
University of Florida

Stefano Calzavara
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati
Univ. degli Studi di Milano

Mauro Conti
University of Padova

Daniel Gruss
Graz University

Yufei Han
National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, CIDRE Team Le Chesnay

Limin Jia

Jingqiang Lin
University of Science and Technology of China

Vincent Nicomette

Gabriele Oligeri
Hamad bin Khalifa University

Kui Ren
Zhejiang University

Peter Schwabe
Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy

R. Sekar
Stony Brook Univ.

Jaideep Vaidya
Rutgers Univ.

Haining Wang
University of Delaware

Ting Wang
Pennsylvania State University

Qiang Zeng
George Mason University
Fairfax, USA

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Authors are encouraged to use the JCS LaTeX style file to follow the formatting rules explained in more detail below.

Submitted manuscripts must represent original material, and no version of the submission can be simultaneously submitted to any conference, journal, or any other publication.  The journal encourages submissions which have not been previously published.  JCS also publishes papers that are significant extensions of outstanding papers published elsewhere (see Prior Publication Policy).

The journal discourages the submission of excessively long papers (longer than 45 pages in JCS format, including figures and references, but excluding appendices), and unnecessary digressions even in shorter papers. The restrictions is to motivate authors to bring out the essence of their papers more clearly, to make it easier for the reviewers and readers. Typical expected length is around 30 pages. Material above 45 pages should be included as an appendix.

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The Journal of Computer Security does not charge a publication fee.

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Formatting Rules
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Prior Publication Policy
Submissions that are extensions of one or more papers (by one or more of the authors) previously appeared elsewhere must have a major value-added extension over what appeared previously. In particular, a submission based on previous publications should have at least 25% new material. This new material should be significant new content: it cannot be simply some rewriting, trivial proofs, or performance figures that offer no new insight. Previous publications should be explicitly referenced in the submission and the added value over them explicitly discussed in the manuscript.

The authors should prepare a single PDF file collating:
- A cover letter detailing the novel added value with respect to previous publications;
- The manuscript under submission;
- Previous papers of which the manuscript being submitted is an extension.

Such PDF file should then be uploaded on Editorial Manager.

Special Issue Proposals
Journal of Computer Security only accepts a few Special Issues per year. When submitting a Special Issue proposal, it is recommended that they are associated with well-known international conferences such as ESORICS, DBSEC, CSF, SCN, etc. Special Issue proposals pertaining to individual article topics or themes will not be considered.


Required files
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Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
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The corrected proof is published online in the journal’s pre-press module. This is not the final version. When the article is published in an issue, the final published version replaces the pre-press file. Pre-press articles are fully citable by using their DOI number.


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Open Access

By default, articles published in the Journal of Computer Security are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1500 / US$ 1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 2150 / US$ 2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

Peer Review

Journal of Computer Security is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

All submitted manuscripts are automatically screened for plagiarism through iThenticate. Each submitted article is pre-screened by the Editors-in-Chief to decide if it is suitable to be sent out for formal review. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Typically, a minimum of two reviews are required to be able make a decision on a paper.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Relevance to the journal
  • Significance of results
  • Depth of results
  • Correctness of results
  • Clarity of presentation

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief their recommendation:

  • Accept as is
  • Accept Pending Minor Revisions
  • Revise and Resubmit
  • Reject Outright

For articles that receive a Revise and Resubmit decision, often major revisions are required and articles may still be rejected in a second round of peer review.

Accept or reject decisions are made by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

The editors will do their best to provide feedback within a maximum of three months after submission. When the paper submitted is of high quality it will be sent to several external reviewers and it may take longer before a decision is reached. Questions on the status of the submission will be considered by the editorial office if the paper has been submitted more than three months ago.


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